- Research from scholars at Bristol University suggests a link between depressive symptoms and early menarche. We’re hoping to have a longer post about this research here soon, but for now, here’s the press release about the study.
- It’s well known that hormonal contraceptives have a protective effect against ovarian cancer. Now research studying the contraceptive history of women who had developed ovarian cancer and others who had not developed the disease suggests that all contraceptive use — even IUD and vasectomy — may help protect against ovarian cancer.
- What a surprise — Experts advise taking health news with grain of salt.
- There’s still ten days left to submit a proposal for the 2011 meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. We’re interdisciplinary, and welcome proposals from researchers in social and health sciences, humanities scholars, health care providers, policy makers, health activists, artists, and just about anyone with interests in the role of the menstrual cycle in women’s health and well-being. Students are encouraged — SMCR often has scholarships to help with travel costs, and awards for top student papers.
- Like many others in the feminist blogosphere, we’re sad to see the demise of Salon.com’s Broadsheet. A Broadsheet story provided the impetus for our very first post at re:Cycling.
A few things that crossed my screen during my week-long holiday:
- Drug companies are becoming expert at using social media to promote pharmaceutical products. Soon, the US FDA will issue guidelines for such usage.
- Current methods of screening for ovarian cancer have not significantly reduced death from the disease.
- Surveys of women in nine countries reveal that “a range of factors influence a woman’s choice of contraceptive”. D’oh.
- The strange case of the disappearing o.b. tampons.
- “I don’t have a 28-day menstrual cycle, and neither should you”: Anthropologist Kate Clancy on the mythology of the 28-day cycle.
- Menstruation and blood symbolism in The Black Swan.
- Ovulating women don’t want to talk with their fathers, according to new research published in Psychological Science.
- Via CopyRanter, a billboard ad for maxi pads in Pakistan boasts that the pads stop leaks better than WikiLeaks. And it appears to be authentic.
re:Cycling will probably be pretty quiet over the next couple of weeks, as several of us are traveling and celebrating various winter holidays. Look for us to be back in full force after the first of the year.
- The National Women’s Law Center issued the 2010 national and state-by-state report card on women’s health, evaluating criteria such as percentage of women with health insurance, access to abortion providers, causes of death, frequency of annual mammograms and pap smears, and many more. As a nation, the U.S. meets just three benchmarks: the percentage of women getting mammograms regularly, the percentage of women visiting the dentist annually, and the percentage of women getting screened for colorectal cancer. FAIL.
- As U.S. readers know, Elizabeth Edwards died of breast cancer this week, at age 61. Amanda Hess takes on the body shaming she experienced from the press, in life and in death.
- More on new TSA (Transportation Security Administration) screening procedures and gender: Judith Levine explains why she’d rather be gazed at than groped.
- Congratulations to everyone at LunaPads on ten years of eco positive periods!
- Tips on avoiding shark attacks: “until controlled tests involving non-menstruating and menstruating women occur, there is no definitive or scientifically proven data that states women are at more risk of shark attack during menstruation.”
- Dysmenorrhea and constipation both occur more frequently in young women who skip breakfast, according to survey research published in December, 2010, issue of Appetite.
- Joan B. Wolf’s new book, Is Breast Best?, argues that there is no scientific reason to prefer the breast to the bottle. Karen Winkler reviews it at the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- On the need for more board games about menstruation.
- A new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies says that vitamin D and calcium supplements are not needed, and the high levels of vitamin D recommended by some physicians may even be harmful. The full report is available here.
- Can a magnet in your underpants eliminate hot flashes? And other menopause marketing.
- More about TSA “enhanced” scanners: GladRags published a letter this week from a customer whose flannel pantyliner led to a search of her genital area.
- Who writes health news? Maybe re:Cycling is more of a public service than I realized.
- An urban legend that just won’t die: Is semen an anti-depressant? Not so much.
- March of Dimes recommends against getting a tattoo during pregnancy.
- Pelvic exams should be a regular part of women’s health care, but they aren’t necessary for a prescription for birth control pills.
- Bad Reputation continues the Alphabet of Feminism with “H is for Hysteria“.
- Sociological Images presents analysis of how a purportedly informative slide show about birth control shows a socially approved timeline for reproduction: no sex for teens, wait until 30s to have babies (which is not optional), etc.
- The Washington Post exposes the lie about post-abortion stress syndrome and other anti-woman legislation: “The latest war on abortion is being fought less over women’s bodies than over their minds.”
- TIME magazine reports on new research about anorexia, menstruation, and conception, and the surprising finding that anorexic women have higher rates of unplanned pregnancy than other groups.
- A humorous and informative conversation at Reddit about the new TSA scanners and menstrual cups vaginal terror flasks. [via Geek Feminism]
I think my calendar is broken. How can it be November already?!?
- Visualizing menstruation: Design student Bridgett Coremans has designed a pair of clocks that visualize the female reproductive cycle with the idea of “helping women reconnect to the natural rhythms of their bodies.”
- Estrogen may help women in recovering from injury more quickly than men, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins.
- The pink parade of be-ribboned consumer products for Pink-tober isn’t over until you’ve voted on the worst offenders.
It’s Halloween weekend!
- Our Bodies, Ourselves is collecting personal stories about women’s relationships with the text for their 40th anniversary edition, due next year.
- The yoga pose known as the lotus can help ease menstrual cramps.
- Alarm about how use of estrogen creams are affecting those who come into contact with women who use the stuff: pets apparently lick the cream off the users hands and develop symptoms that resemble heat: swollen genitals, bloody discharge and behavioral problems. Male animals may develop swollen breast tissue and hair loss.
- USA Today reports on a study that supposedly confirms “menstruation affects women’s emotions”, but with no information about the size of the study. (Stay away from the comments section, unless you’ve got an awful lot of Sanity Watchers points to spare.)
- Speaking of comment sections, have you seen this cartoon depicting how internet discussions of gender issues tend to go?
Here’s a sample of our late October reading:
- Researchers at University of Calgary discuss why monkeys don’t go through menopause.
- Tracy Clark-Flory considers the Wall Street Journal‘s report about women who don’t consistently take their birth control pills when they’re also taking medications that could cause birth defects.
- Research shows how men’s spending and risk-taking patterns are linked to their hormones.
- Rachel Maddow was interviewed yesterday at The Feministing Five, about her interest in reproductive rights and her new documentary, The Assassination of Dr. Tiller (scheduled to air in the U.S. on Monday, October 25, 9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific).